William H. Prout, Jr.


Bill Prout is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department and chairs the Professional Liability Defense and Probate Litigation Practice Groups. His practice includes complex litigation matters in the areas of professional liability, complex probate litigation, business, securities, unfair trade practice, and construction law. Representative engagements include major law firms in professional liability matters; a worldwide accounting firm in the Colonial Realty class action securities litigation and related governmental proceedings; the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic & Community Development and Office of Policy Management in the Long Wharf Mall litigation; the owner/developer of a controversial cable transmission project across Long Island Sound; an insurance company in class action unfair trade practice litigation; an international environmental engineering firm in protracted federal court construction litigation; and the project owner in the L'Ambiance Plaza building collapse litigation. In addition to client matters, he is the firm's Loss Prevention Counsel and heads the firm's Professional Ethics Group.

Bill is Past-President of the New England Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), and the New Haven County Bar Association. He chaired the Professionalism Subcommittee of the CBA's Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession and served on the Judicial Branch's Public Service and Trust Commission and Complex Litigation Committee. A decorated Vietnam veteran, he co-chaired the CBA's Veterans Assistance Task Force and continues to serve as a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. He is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) and recently chaired the planning committee for the CBF's Judge Kravitz symposium series. Bill has been listed for several years in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Commercial Litigation.

Bill graduated with a J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale College.


  • Boston University School of Law  (J.D., 1973)
    • cum laude
  • Yale University  (B.A., 1967)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US Supreme Court

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, Section of Litigation
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Litigation Section 
    • Antitrust Section
    • Member, House of Delegates (2005-2009)
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Past President (2007-2008)
    • Construction Law Section
    • Federal Practice Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Committee on Fair and Impartial Courts
    • Complex Litigation Committee
    • Leadership Academy Committee
    • Mentoring Program Committee
    • Public Service and Trust Commission
    • Rule of Law Conference Committee
    • Standing Committee on Professionalism
    • Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
    • Task Forces on Veterans' Legal Services, Attorney Trust Accounts and Independence of the Judiciary
  • Federal Grievance Committee Counsel (2004-2008)
  • New England Bar Association
    • Past President (2009-2010)
  • New Haven County Bar Association
    • Past President (2003-2004)
  • New Haven Inn of Court